Frederick douglass and booker t washington comparison. Feb 10, 20 hiphughes spends a few moments throwing down the basics about the early 20th century civil rights leaders, web dubois and booker t washington. Both douglass and washington want the black man to have a chance to prove his worth by standing on his own two feet. Washington, at least from my reading of his autobiography, seems a mild mannered and flexible man especially when juxtaposed with douglass. Comparison of the narrative of the life of frederick douglass. Dec 26, 2016 how were frederick douglass and booker t. The black man can work as hard as anyone, is loyal to america as he has proved time and time again. Comparasion of frederick douglasss 4th of july speech.
Phillip foner,the life and writings of frederick douglass, new york, 1955, vol. Those historic words gave us insight into the answer for africanamerican success in america. How was frederick douglass and booker t washington different. What are the differences in philosophy between frederick. Oct 16, 2018 west is more in the tradition of frederick douglass and booker t. Washington and frederick douglass, with slave mothers and white fathers, were referred to as mulattoes. Dubois are two of the africanamerican rights movements towering figures. Washingtons second autobiography, published in 1901, is a particularly appealing segue. Comparing and contrasting the ideolodies of booker t. Comprising thirteen essays about five leading african american activists and intellectuals of the progressive erafrederick douglass, alexander crummell, booker t. New book highlights frederick douglasss embrace of the self. Both of these civil rights leaders have lived and experienced a remarkable different life. Washington was an abolitionist who fought for the advancement of.
Douglass, the most renowned black american spokesman of his day, argued for liberty and liberty alone for freed blacks. Dubois had a better idea of equality than frederick douglass. He was born in 1856 on the burroughs tobacco farm which, despite its small size, he always referred to as a plantation. The biographical account is set within a nation struggling to solve one of the most excruciating social problems that any modern people facedslavery. Hiphughes spends a few moments throwing down the basics about the early 20th century civil rights leaders, web dubois and booker t washington. The position that emphasizes the differences, mainly in style, between frederick douglass and booker t. Sep 07, 2012 morris came to know his famed ancestors through their images. Difference between washingtons and dubois beliefs generally, booker t s strategy laid more emphasis on blacks accepting and accommodating the white cruelty and supremacy as this was the only primary method of ensuring a mutual interdependence relationship developed between africanamericans and whites. Many of these people wrote autobiographies, including booker t. Douglass and dubois education upbringing was a totally different experience. Washington moved away from the confrontational approaches embraced by his predecessor in the african american community, frederick douglass. Nettie washington douglass brings those words to life through her continuous efforts to enlighten people everywhere. Adele alexander starts our issue with frederick douglass and booker t.
Nettie washington douglass frederick douglass family. This paper discusses the views on literacy and education of frederick douglass and booker t. Born into slavery, douglass and washington shared the belief of equality, but differed on the manner in which it would be achieved. Washington once said, through education, we must lift the veil of ignorance. West is more in the tradition of frederick douglass and booker t. Dubois, douglass might best be described as using duboiss methods toward washingtons ends. Frederick douglass was a leader of the abolitionist movement who fought to end slavery in the southern united states, decades before the civil war. Washington, who succeeded him as a popular leader, did the same. Frederick douglass was a former slave who began working for the. Booker taliaferro washington april 18, 1856 november 14, 1915 was an american educator, author, orator, and adviser to multiple presidents of the united states.
Both former slaves frederick douglass and booker t washington were championing of many forms of equality. Sep 12, 20 frederick douglass paperback september 12, 20 by booker t. Morris came to know his famed ancestors through their images. Their plea is worth remembering this february, during black history month. Washington was an abolitionist who fought for the advancement. My grandmother, nettie hancock washington, booker t. Washington has been articulated by the following scholars. Washington recalled his childhood in his autobiography, up from slavery. Unique tools in the fight for freedomlessons learned from. B dubois view of equality vs frederick douglass view. Sandefurs book examines douglasss emphasis on the importance of selfreliance and its impact on his actions as a civil rights leader, writing that on the spectrum between booker t.
Frederick douglass was an abolitionist but was not. B dubois was born free and his parents were free african americans. Both known as educators and public intellectuals, the two held differing opinions about the path that the movement should take, thus, deeply dividing the africanamerican population. Their plea is worth remembering this february, during black history. Du bois, which in the late 19th to early 20th centuries changed the. Frederick douglass was a leader of the abolitionist movement. Washington and olaudah equiano opposing representations of christianity in the narrative of the life of frederick douglass the incompatibility of education and slavery in the.
His mother was a slave and his father was a slave owner. Washington was an abolitionist who fought for the advancement of africanamericans. Kenneth morris, 50, happens to be the descendant of two very famous historical figures, booker t. Kanye west becomes modernday frederick douglass or booker. Read on to learn how these two giants used their talents to make a difference. Alexander points out the critical differences in attitude and approach taken by these two leaders, both born into slavery. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between frederick douglasss narrative of the life of frederick douglass and booker t. Dr frederick douglass, iii 191942 find a grave memorial. Funding from the national endowment for the humanities and the gladys krieble delmas foundation supported the electronic publication of this title. B dubois view of equality vs frederick douglass view of.
Cast down your bucket where you are black americans on. Because of the little gain, booker ts strategy gained africanamericans, dubois advocated for the. What is the difference between booker t washington and. Black americans on immigration, one of the facts of american history that is not widely discussed is the nations longstanding preference for immigrant labor, when the alternative was to train and employ nativeborn african americans. Other articles in our literature archives related to this topic include. Douglass believed that the constitution could and should be used as an instrument in the fight against slavery.
Avoid the temptation to say that both men had the same goals and only needed to work together. Freedom, liberty, and meaning in the slave narrative. Kanye west becomes modernday frederick douglass or booker t. Frederick douglass at 200 gilder lehrman institute of. You might like douglass was a friend and informal advisor to president abraham lincoln. How was frederick douglass and booker t washington. Compare and contrast the similarities and differen.
Frederick douglass was a former slave who began working for the abolition movement and published the north star newspaper. Douglass, pretty and talented daughter of booker t washington, ii, was distraught and could offer no explanation for her husbands rash act. Frederick s daughter nettie washington douglass morris originally buried harmony, washington, dc frederick douglass grandson commits suicide with sleeping tablets date. Industrial education from frederick douglass to booker t. His mother was a cook, his father a white man from a nearby farm. Washington is known as one of the most influential black educators in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Frederick douglass was an abolitionist but was not favoring an armed uprising. Washington frederick douglass are two of the most wellknown advocates for freedom in the 1800s.
Washington and frederick douglass what similarities and differences do i see between douglasss what does the black man want. From the time where his mistress taught him to read, frederick was not satisfied in being. Washington was a hypocrite for telling blacks not to be involved in politics, while he was heavily involved in them. Washington, one of most important postcivil war africanamerican thinkers, is an account of the life and career of frederick douglass. Although these two men were aiming for the same goal in america, their opinions were extremely different. Preface the chance or destiny which brought to this land of ours, and placed in the midst of the most progressive and the most enlightened race that christian civilisation has produced, some three or four millions of primitive black people from africa and their descendants, has created one of the most interesting and difficult. Booker t washington was among the most important africanamerican leaders of his time. There was the portrait of douglass and there were photos of washington. Jan 23, 2020 no account of black history in america is complete without an examination of the rivalry between booker t. Mar 22, 2020 despite similarities between booker t washingtons and w. Grassroots activists today can learn from the tactics douglass and washington used.
It has been debated whether or not washington was simply being realistic in what could be accomplished during that era or whether he personally believed such approaches were the best for the. As is clear from this compilation, cast down your bucket where you are. No account of black history in america is complete without an examination of the rivalry between booker t. Born in franklin county, virginia in the mid1850s, spent his early childhood in slavery. Rhetorical equality successful, selfeducated abolitionists frederick douglass and booker t. Thus spoke frederick douglass 140 years ago, at the end of the civil war. He is, perhaps, as motivated, but less angry and bitter. In particular, the paper discusses how each man got his education through tremendous effort and selfsacrifice as both were born in slavery. Du bois, and marcus garveyit has sufficient range to be of interest to undergraduates and graduate students alike. Both agree that the black man is economically inferior and needs a chance.658 1084 611 418 636 617 139 1314 178 548 1596 407 862 1130 69 616 294 1586 733 694 1146 1204 229 1037 1319 1291 1258 379 407 1451 951 277